Tiger could've won 23 majors - Player

2015-04-14 16:07
Tiger Woods (AFP)

Cape Town - South African golfing legend Gary Player says Tiger Woods could easily have won up to 23 major championships.

Woods’ form has dipped in recent times and the former world No 1 is currently ranked 101st on the official world golf rankings.

Woods has won 14 major titles, trailing only Jack Nicklaus (18) on the all-time list.

However, the American’s last major came at the 2008 US Open, and critics believe his chances of adding to his major tally are slim.

Player, speaking to BBC Radio, admitted that it’s tough to say whether Woods will ever win a major title again.

“I’ll put it to you this way. I wouldn’t be surprised if he never wins another major, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he won several. He’s got a lot of fuel in the tank. He’s got something that no other golfer had.

“Tiger Woods at his best was way better than anybody playing today. In fact, Tiger Woods at his best was the best that’s ever lived.”

Player though said Woods got things wrong by taking advice from too many people later in his career.

“I thought, if he never had lessons... when he won the US Open by 15 shots (in 2000). If he (then) never had another lesson in his life, he would have won 20, 22, 23 majors, but he went and had lessons from four different people and he got so confused...”

In last week’s Masters at Augusta National, which was won by 21-year-old American Jordan Spieth, Woods finished 13 shots back with a score of 5-under par, 283.

Player, 79, is South Africa’s most successful golfer having won nine majors.

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